Friday, 25 January 2013


In my last posting I mentioned that I had been experimenting with a digital art program, and that I had found the process intriguing to the extent that I was considering purchasing a tablet to be used as a sketching tool. Then I began to wonder whether my creations were actually art, and if so what was I to do with them, print them, or simply store them on my computer.

I thought to pose the question to other artists, artists schooled in traditional methods and materials, and to inquire of them as to whether they would think to use a tablet computer for sketching purposes. Surprisingly, none said that they would, pointing out that they were much more comfortable employing methods and materials found reliable over decades of use out in the field.

As for myself I'm still debating whether to include a tablet computer as one of my sketching tools. For the time being, however, I think that I'll carry on with pencil and watercolour. There's just something about the way that pencil and watercolour react with various types of paper producing a feel and effects that , despite the wonders of technology, a stylus and a tablet computer have yet to master.

Oh, and as for my question about whether digital creations are art, of course they are. Art is art regardless of the tools used in its creation.

Algonquin Landscape  Graphite Drawing

Algonquin Landscape  Watercolour 

Algonquin Landscape  Graphite Sketch II

View From Lookout Trail  Algonquin
Graphite Drawing

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